Good morning from Yellowstone National Park! ok, If I am being honest I am just outside the park but clsoe enough to get to see Bison and Elk in the blink of an eye. We are finishing up our National Park Road trip with the 1st National Park..Yellowstone!
We have visitied 14 National Park sites since we left Spokane! We have driven over 2,000 miles, had 2 bouts of stomach flu (1 for each of us), gone from 96 degrees to snow and 20’s and so much more.
This week was truly filled with adventure and so much fun.
Monday morning we woke up and headed into Badlands National Park in South Dakota EARLY to get sunrise. It was so worth it to get this photo!
Though we did have a really funny moment as I look back on it now. At the moment I thought it was the scariest thing in the world and I was not happy. We were walking along a boardwalk when I was sure we heard a Rattlesnake warning us to get away. You guys I am NOT a snake person! John just looked at me and reminded me to keep on walking since I was now frozen in one spot. The good thing is we were on a raised walkway that kepts us off the ground next to the snake.
The bad news was…hello Rattlesnake!
We only heard it once so I am not sure if it really was a rattlesnake but it was enough to get my heart beating and to do a bit of a freak out. I was doing a FB live on Johns Park Ranger John Facebook page and well everyone got to hear what I thought about there being a potential rattlesnake.
The rest of the day was spent calming down my heart and exploring the Badlands before heading for Custer State Park for 3 days. Custer is HUGE! I think it might be the 2nd largest state park in the country. I need to figure out which one is the largest.
We bounced around hotels checking out as many as we could during our time in the park. From a cabin to a historical room we tried it all. I am still trying to decide which one was the best.
Being in the Black Hills we had to visit Mount Rushmore, Jewel Cave and more!
Thursday we headed for Gillette, Wyoming via Devils Tower. One of the cool things about blogging is the people that you meet while traveling. I could not believe it when I got a message from Sara from Travel with Sara. She was heading east on I-90 at the same time we were heading west. We were only 40 miles from each other and were able to meet up for a quick minute in a gas station in Sturgis, South Dakota.
The funny thing is Sara is from Iowa and we are from Washington. What are the chances that we would be on the same interstate in South Dakota at the exact same time. I love that Facebook connected us and showed how close we were to each other.
When we reached Devils Tower we learned it was UFO celebration weekend or something along that lines. Oh my gosh I wish I would have taken a few pics of some of the alien leggings that we saw while we were there. That was a total bonus surprise.
From Devil’s Tower we headed into Montana on our way to Yellowstone and ran into SNOW! UGH! I did not pack for Snow so we had to make an emergency trip to Target to see if they had any boots since all I had was my favorite Birkenstocks.
The first display in target..bikinis…uhm it is going to snow. Thankfully I found a pair of rain boots that worked great in the snow.
We made it to West Yellowstone as the snow started falling. We were under a winter weather advisory and parts of Yellowstone were closed due to snow. When we got up on Saturday morning the Jeep had snow on it but the roads were pretty clear.
We spent the day exploring Yellowstone and some of Grand Teton National Park. One of the highlights was watching Old Faithful erupt while the snow fell around us.
As we close out this amazing road trip with our final days in the parks we are soaking in every moment before heading back to reality.